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AYURVEDIC HERB TRIPHALA

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Ayurveda, Food, Self-Care
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AYURVDA FOR YOUR DOSHA AND FOR THE SEASON

We are now in the transition between the wetness of Winter/Early Spring (Kapha) and the heat of summer (Pitta).   Traditionally the time of spring cleaning not only our homes but our body’s internal systems.  If a full-on detox sounds too much, another option I’ve been advised by my Ayurvedic consultant, is to take Triphala.   One of the most well-known and commonly used herbs in Ayurveda, Triphala which means ‘three fruits’, is a combination of the fruits of three plants, which are dried, ground, and precisely blended to create a beneficial synergistic effect.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

Triphala acts to rejuvenate, according to the classical Ayurvedic text the, Charaka Samhita, taking triphala daily with honey and ghee (triphala rasayana) is said to have the power to “make a person live for one hundred years devoid of old age and diseases,” quite a claim!

From an Ayurvedic perspective, some of Triphala’s therapeutic action comes from the fact that it possesses five of the six tastes* (all but salty) which are seen as necessary for health and well-being. It also balances all three doshas and all the seven tissue layers, making it perfect for all three constitutions of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Triphala’s qualities are light and dry, adding lightness to the mind-body system. It also cleanses all the channels in the body, especially the channels of elimination, thus aiding in daily detoxification.

 

SOME OF THE CONDITIONS SAID TO BE HELPED BY TRIPHALA

DetoxificationOne of the most well-known characteristics of Triphala is its impact on toxicity levels within the body. Research has found that the active ingredients in this blend are able to stimulate the liver and kidneys, helping to clear the body of accumulations of toxins and prevent excess inflammation in various parts of the body. It is an excellent colon cleanser.

Lowers Cholesterol – Containing oleic and linoleic acid in two of the three herbs of the blend, these ‘good’ fats are able to re-balance cholesterol levels and prevent excess deposits of plaque in the arteries.

Immune Boosting – Amla, one of the key ingredients in Triphala, is rich in vitamin C, which can stimulate the immune system.

Diabetes – Triphala is said to improve the body’s insulin sensitivity, however, excess consumption of this herbal mixture may lead to an increase in blood sugar levels, so dose is important.

Weight LossImproves fat storage by preventing certain foods from being stored as fats. This can improve the speed of the metabolism and boost passive fat-burning.

Enhances Nutrient IntakeAside from optimizing digestion and eliminating constipation symptoms, Triphala can also improve the efficiency of nutrient uptake, which will increase feelings of satiety and prevent overeating.

Side Effects of Triphala Despite the many valuable benefits of Triphala, there are some potential side effects that must be considered.  As with all medications and supplements it is advisable to discuss taking Triphala with your medical or health provider.

Potential side effects include:

  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Dehydration from excessive bowl movements
  • Allergic reactions,
  • Insomnia: Drinking the tea only on an empty stomach first thing, helps eliminate this issue.
  • Drug Interactions: The effect on enzymes and hormones can sometimes negatively interfere with medication intended for depression, hyperactivity and blood clots.
  • Weight Loss: Not recommended for those with eating disorders

 

* The Six Tastes of Ayurveda – salt, sour, sweet, bitter, astringent, and pungent

Thanks to Organicfacts.net and chopra.com

 

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SO MANY HEALTHY DIETS WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Food
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Do you get confused by the plethora of so-called ‘healthy diets’? I know I do and I work with many of them for my clients.

This is a subject I’ll be returning to frequently as it’s such a minefield, with one man’s poison another’s cure! So for starters a quick top line definition on the six most talked about.

  1. ALKALINE – The avoidance of relatively acidic foods i.e. those foods with low PH levels, such as grains, diary, meat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and fungi.
  2. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – The inflammatory process is crucial for injury repair but is believed to be the root cause of many illnesses when triggered inappropriately by the body in response to stressors. To counter this process this diet recommends rainbow-coloured fruits and veg, whole and cracked grains, legumes, healthy fats, fish frequently, soy products, mushrooms, other protein sparingly, red wine daily and dark chocolate sparingly and no refined or processed foods.
  3. CLEAN EATING – a lifestyle approach that includes exercise and unprocessed, whole foods and lean meats, no artificial ingredients, sugars, saturated or trans fats, eating 5-6 small meals which is said to fire up the metabolism.
  4. LOW GI – Glycemic Index (GI) also referred to as Glycemic Load (GL) is a diet that gives a value of 100 to glucose and then indexes all foods in relation to 100. The lower the number, the less effect on blood sugar, resulting in more stable insulin release, these foods digest and therefore absorb at a slower rate keeping you fuller for longer. However, the values refer to foods on their own and so can change when combined with other foods.
  5. PAELEO – The caveman pre-agriculture diet , eating only what could be hunted or eaten direct from nature fruits, seeds and veg. So no dairy, grains, legumes or processed foods including sugar.
  6. RAW – Enzyme rich as food is not heated above 40-48˚C the point at which many nutrients are lost. High fibre makes for quicker colonic transit time, said to lessen the possibility of foods remaining in the gut, fermenting and releasing toxins into the system.
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WHAT IS SATISFY THE HUNGER ABOUT?

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Ayurveda, Food, Self-Care, Yoga Practices
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I had so many different name ideas for this site but Satisfy the Hunger seemed to encapsulate what I was hearing from so many – a need to find food and practices that nourish our depleted, stressed-out selves.

Why I decided to do a site in the first place was because my yoga students would ask where they could find out about my food and get advice on recipes and techniques and my private cook clients wanted to know more about the yoga I offered so I decided to put it all in one place.

My posts will focus on practices and techniques that nourish the body and the soul across the spectrum of food and yoga but always with an emphasis on the practical. Who has time to prepare three-hour gourmet ‘raw’ meals or two-hour early morning yoga sessions? OK maybe some, but for the rest of us we need to access practices which are do-able, fit with our lives, are effective and Satisfy the Hunger within for a life that sustains us.

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